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Buzzbait Parts

Making Buzzbaits

The purpose of this section is to introduce the basic components used in assembling buzzbaits. Buzzbaits are used primarily when fishing for largemouth bass and pike. Buzzbaits are easy to assemble and inexpensive to make. Landing a fish on a buzzbait you made yourself is especially rewarding. Good Fishing!

Tools for Making Buzzbaits

Round bend pliers have special jaws that make smooth round loops. Select the plier model by the size of wire you want to bend. You will also need some heavy wire cutting pliers to cut the stainless steel shaft

Building Buzzbaits - Buzzbait Parts Chart

This information is offered as a starting point. Feel free to experiment with different styles and sizes of buzz blades, beads, head styles and skirts.

Head Buzz Blade Sizes Swivels Split Metal
Size Aluminum Plastic Quad Al. Quad Ball Bearing Roller Ring Beads
1/8 1 1/8 1 #1 #10 #0,1 1/8-5/32
1/4 2 1/4 2 #1,2 #10 #0,1 1/8-5/32
3/8 3 3/8 3 #1,2 #10,7 #1,2 1/8-5/32
1/2 3 3/8 3 #2 #10,7 #1,2 1/8-5/32

Buzzbait Blade Sizes

As head weight increases, larger buzz blades can be used on your bait. Due to the wire frame of a buzzbait, you cannot use a larger blade than is recommended. It will not fit in the frame. You can use a blade one size smaller, but only if you want to use a very fast retrieve speed. If you don't retrieve quickly, the blade won't offer enough lift to keep your bait on the surface.

Swivel Selection

While ball bearing swivels can be expensive, they are the best performing swivels and come with split rings attached. Roller swivels are an inexpensive alternative and perform well. They require the addition of a split ring to attach the spinner blade.

Metal Beads, Rivet Bearing

Metal beads and rivet bearings are used to space the buzz blade away from the end of the wire shaft. They act as bearings for the buzz blades and help it spin freely.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I add a trailer hook to my buzzbait? - Trailers can be added very easily by slipping the large eye of the hook over the original hook and then adding a small piece of latex tubing over the rest of the main hook to hold the trailer in place.
    What is the difference between aluminum and plastic buzz blades? - The difference is in the sound they emit as you retrieve the lure. Metal blades offer a high pitch "squeal" when retrieved. Plastic blades tend to offer a low pitch "gurgle" sound.
    Why use more blades or quad blades? - Blades equal lift. The more blades, the more lift and the slower the lure can be retrieved.
    How do I add a clacker blade to my buzzbait?- You must bend the blade arm so that the clacker blade and spacer beads can be installed on the top arm. After the blade and beads are in place, bend the blade arm back into its original position. The number of beads needed will vary. You must use enough beads so that the clacker stays in a position to contact the buzz blade.
    What is an offset buzz blade? -The offset style provides your bait with a violent side to side action. This action creates more noise and vibration than a standard buzz blade.